25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Every year 25 November is observed as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The official Theme for 2019 it is “Orage the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape“.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Objective:  To raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence as well as to highlight scale and true nature of issue is more often hidden.

Why this date? Historically, the date 25 November is based on the date of 1960 assassination of 3 Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. The killings were ordered by then Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961). In 1981, the Latin American activists and Caribbean Feminist Encuentros marked 25 November as a day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women more broadly. Later on 17 December 1999, the date received its official designation by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) under its Resolution 54/134. Since the UN and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) have encouraged governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities to support day as an international observance.

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